Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963 – 1967
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
May 29 – August 11, 2018
During the height of the 1960’s American Civil Rights Movement, a group of New York based art activists and collectors who were committed to the idea of public access to the visual arts decided to engage Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The idea was not only to have art on the campus and use art as a teaching tool for students at college, but to engage the greater community by establishing an art center in the heart of Mississippi. In 1963, the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees approved the Art Committee for Tougaloo College, headed by art critic Dore Ashton. Between 1963 until late 1967, works of art were sent to the college. Joan Miro, Fritz Bultman, Robert Motherwell and Hans Hofmann are among many of the artists who represent the early shipment of works to the college and are represented in this exhibition, Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963-1967, organized Turry M. Flucker, a graduate of Tougaloo College.
Ceramics on Fire: Wayne Ferguson
IP Casino Resort & Spa Exhibitions Gallery
March 6 – June 2, 2018
As a child seven year old Wayne Ferguson and his brother, Lemuel, played with modeling clay their mother, Lillian, made from salt, flour and blue food coloring. Wayne has been creating clay objects since and has been a teacher and exhibiting artist for fifty years. He has mentored many clay artists and has been an artist in residence throughout Kentucky from Benton to Harlan. Wayne is represented in many collections, most notably the Reverend Al Shands Collection and the Kamm Teapot Collection. He has also worked on several archaeological projects in the Tucson Basin and the Chiricahua Mountains. He has visited the potters of Mata Ortiz Mexico on two occasions as early as 1978. Building and firing Japanese style anagama kilns has been a personal journey since 1974. Wayne will have an exhibit of his most recent work at the George Ohr- O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi Mississippi in March 2018.
-excerpt from personal website